James McDermott holds a BSc in Computer Science with Mathematics from the National University of Ireland, Galway, and a PhD in evolutionary computation and computer music from the University of Limerick. He has also worked on supercomputing in Compaq/HP. His post-doctoral work was in evolutionary design and genetic programming in University College Dublin and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was Associate Professor in MIS in UCD Business School and is now Lecturer in the Discipline of Information Technology, National University of Ireland, Galway. He has chaired EuroGP and EvoMUSART and is a member of the GPEM editorial board. He is interested in supervising/mentoring researchers at undergrad, MSc, PhD, or post-doc level. Research areas of interest include:

 1. Metaheuristic optimisation, especially evolutionary computation. The study of representations and fitness landscapes. Genetic programming and program synthesis. Minimum description length.

 2. Machine learning. Unsupervised and one-class learning. Autoencoders. Network security. Time series. Dissimilarity representations.

 3. Computational creativity. Art, music and design. Sound synthesis, generative music.

 See https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=nKNOv8oAAAAJ for recent publications.